Mom in court for baby drowning

2018-01-17 06:02
SAPS Search and Rescue members search for baby.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

SAPS Search and Rescue members search for baby.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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SCOTTSVILLE residents are still in shock after a six-month-old baby was found dead in Msunduzi River along Woodhouse Road next to Durban University of Technology Riverside campus last Wednesday.

It is alleged the baby was drowned by her 19-year-old mother last Tuesday at around 3.30pm.

Nelisa Ngcobo from Taylors Halt appeared briefly in Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday facing charges of premeditated murder. The case was adjourned to January 24 for bail application.

According to Alexandra Police Station spokesperson, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo, Ngcobo said she did not love the baby, her family did not love the baby and the family of the father’s child did not want her (baby) either.

“Ngcobo confessed that she drowned the baby in the river. It is alleged that Ngcobo went with her stepmother to Home Affairs in Church Street last Tuesday to collect Ngcobo’s smart ID.

“However, Ngcobo’s stepmother left her in the queue and when she returned Ngcobo and the baby were nowhere to be found,” said Mhlongo.

Mhlongo said Ngcobo went to her grandmother’s house on Tuesday evening where she was asked about the whereabouts of the baby, and she allegedly confessed.

She was then arrested.

Woodhouse Road residents expressed their shock about the tragedy.

Precious Buthelezi said they can’t believe that someone can do this.

“This is the first time I’ve heard something like this in Scottsville. We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy. It is so sad,” she said.

One resident who asked to remain anonymous said : “How can you throw your baby into a river and leave her to die? She was just a child - she did not deserve to die like that.

Why did she specifically choose to throw the baby in the river, she could have left her somewhere where people would find her and take her to social workers.”

A security guard said he was not present when the body of the baby was recovered, but was shocked when he heard the news.

Mkhize asked the Maritzburg Fever reporter to send questions to him for comment, but he had not responded by the time of going to print.

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